Achievements of our Past Students

Past students of Classical Dance Students have gone on to illustrious careers in the world of ballet and modern dance, here is a brief glimpse of some of their achievements.

Paula Archangelo

Paula came to the Classical Dance Studios from Brazil. She studied with Miss Sims and, despite having done no vocational work at all, she passed her Intermediate Exam with Merit (she was only two marks away form Distinction) and was offered a place at the English National Ballet School. After working with the Hamburg Ballet Company she moved to Ireland to work with a ballet company based in Dublin. She is now a dancer with the Aalto Ballet in Essen, Germany working under the directorship of Ben Van Cauwenbergh.

Amanda Sim

Amanda joined the Classical Dance Studios at the age of seven. Miss Sims spotted the beginnings of childhood arthritis in Amanda’s feet but, with help and advice from the physiotherapist at the Royal Ballet School, Shirley Hancock, Amanda trained up to Advanced Level 1 examination. This she passed before leaving Bristol to take up a place offered by the Doreen Bird College. Amanda went on to work with Paul Nicholas in Tommy Steele’s production of Singing in the Rain and has since appeared in many West End productions, too numerous to list.

Lisa Taylor

Lisa was one of the first students to join the Classical Dance Studios. She won a place at the Hammond School, one of the oldest vocational ballet schools in the country. She went on to perform in many different countries, especially the United States, concentrating on commercial theatre work, using her tap and jazz dance techniques. She was short-listed to join the company of 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane before deciding to turn to teaching and at that point she returned to the Classical Dance Studios as our tap and jazz teacher.

Alice Sara

Alice came to the Classical Dance Studios at the age of 9. She had done no ballet at all but her first examination was Grade 3. This exam result was excellent; she was awarded a Commended mark. After continuing on to vocational work she entered for her Intermediate examination, passing that before going to London to take up the offer of a place at London School of Contemporary Dance. One of the people for whom she performed while there was none other than HRH Prince Andrew. Alice has continued to work as a contemporary dancer in a variety of different venues.